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Top Promotional Products of 2018

The Magellan Promotions team saw a lot of new products at the 2018 Promotional Products Association International Expo. After venturing through more than 1,200 booths and trying out all of our samples, the best of the best made our list of favorites for this year. Read on to learn more about these great products. 

Spark Tumbler

What it is:

The Spark Tumbler is a 12-ounce, double-walled, stainless steel coffee tumbler with a trendy powder-coated finish that ensures your coffee will stay warm.  

Key Feature:

Unique size and look.

Why we love it:

We love the small size! This tumbler fits under the popular Keurig brand of brewers without having to move any filters and its double-walled insulation ensures that coffee stays warm for up to eight hours. If you’re looking to give away something that’s a little more unique than a ceramic mug, and will also reduce spillage because of its lid, this is a fantastic option!

See the Spark Tumbler on our website

Braided 3-in1 Mobile Phone Charger

What it is:

This 3-in-1 charger features micro USB, Lightning, and USB-C connectors with protective covers and a braided cord. These three cords can charge mobile phones, tablets, video game controllers, laptops, and more. 

Key Feature:

Low price. 

Why we love it:

Because this conversation never happens if this product is around.

“Hey, do you have a phone charger I can borrow?”

“Sure, here you go.”

“Oh, I can’t use this kind. Do you happen to have an iPhone charger?”

“Nope, sorry. I only have stuff for Android.”

Starting as low as $3.50, this item is less expensive than other multi-chargers in the promotional product industry. One of the reasons it comes in at that price point is because the Lightning charger only charges iPhones and iPads, but doesn’t sync with your computer. That makes this charger perfect for when you’re on the go.

See the Braided 3-in-1 Mobile Phone Charger on our website

Parkside Smart Pack

What it is:

The Parkside Smart Pack is a fashion-forward backpack that allows you to get fun and creative with your ideas because it features two imprint areas, one of which is full color.

Key Feature:

No minimum orders.

Why we love it:

There are tons of unique ways to use this pack because of the customization options and the no minimum order requirement. 

Here are two creative ways that we like:

1. This bag could serve as a unique recognition award. Let the recipient proudly show off their accomplishment (and your branding) when they take the Parkside Smart Pack with them in public.

2. Whether your office has two or 200 people in it, we think that this bag make would make a perfect gift for staff members.

See the Parkside Smart Pack on our website.

Juice Box Zinc Wireless Power Bank

What it is:

Power banks have been popular in the promotional product industry for a while, but have always needed a cord. Now that Apple has joined Samsung in featuring wireless charging, it’s become the de facto industry standard. This power bank has followed suit in cutting the cord and letting phone owners charge their phone by simply resting their phone on top of it. 

Key Feature:

No-cord charging with a USB backup.

Why we love it:

We live in a world where everyone is attached to their phone and new apps and features drain batteries faster than ever before. The constant battery drain is actually starting to have some major societal ramifications. No, seriously. Nine out of 10 people panic about their battery life dipping low and 32 percent of people will literally drop whatever they’re doing to try and find a charge. We love this wireless power bank because it takes away the panic that 90 percent of society has and does so in an incredibly simple way. All you have to do is just set your phone on top of it and feel the stress and anxiety evaporate. 

It’s highly unlikely that people already have a product like this, so show you’re ahead of the curve by giving this power bank out!

See the Juice Box Zinc Wireless Power Bank on our website

Spectraflex Luggage Tag

What it is:

The Spectraflex Luggage Tag is a flexible, colorful, and durable 3-D luggage tag that is custom molded to your design.

Key Feature:

Custom die cut and PVC plastic.

Why we love it:

The Sprectraflex Luggage Tag is a unique option that will still look sharp after taking a beating in car trunks, luggage bins, and bag carousels. The custom die cut allows you to cut the tag into the shape of your company or school’s logo and reproduce even the smallest of details.

See the Spectraflex Luggage Tag on our website

Soft Fit Solid Active Wear Cap

What it is:

This performance cap features UV protection and moisture-wicking technology, but still retains a fashionable look.

Key Feature:

Performance material that doesn’t sacrifice style.

Why we love it:

Simply put, this performance cap just feels better. Unlike other performance caps that “slouch” on your head, this one has some structure to it, but remains incredibly comfortable. The cap is also stylish enough (as evidenced by it embracing the heather trendthat it can be worn in a casual setting as well

See the Soft Fit Solid Active Wear Cap on our website

Cut Maps

What it is:

Cut Maps are laser cut aerial maps of specific areas. They have stock city-specific options, but their custom process allows for a map of any area that you can bring up on Google Maps. Not only can you put the map into a frame (pictured), but they also make great ornaments.

Key Feature:

Google Maps customization. 

Why we love it:

Alumni offices are always on the lookout for gifts that can tug on the heartstrings a little and a Cut Map does just that. People spend four (or more) of their most formative years on a college campus and during those years campus becomes home. Remind your alumni of “home” with a gift that they’ve never seen before.

Contact us if you’re interested in learning more about Cut Maps.

Tumbling Tower Game

What it is:

The Tumbling Tower Game is the promotional version of of the classic family game Jenga. Players remove blocks one at a time until the tower tumbles. 

Key Feature:

Every single block can be imprinted on for no extra cost. 

Why we love it:

It’s fun! But aside from the personal enjoyment we got from it, we absolutely love the plethora of decoration options. Just imagine how creative you can get with every block. You can share your company message, core values, corporate mission, branding, and anything else you can think of. Plus, who doesn’t love receiving a fun game that you can play with your friends and family?

See the Tumbling Tower Game on our website

Knotty Tie Co. Ties and Scarves

What it is:

Knotty Tie Co. makes eco-friendly ties and scarves from recycled material in the United States. The ties and scarves are completely customizable and are sewn to specific cuts. 

Key Feature:

Social mission and eco-friendly products.

Why we love it:

Knotty Tie Co. creates employment opportunities for refugees from war-torn areas of the globe like Syria, Somalia, and Eritrea. This includes jobs like designer, seamstress, and tailor; jobs that the refugees held in their home countries. Another thing they pride themselves on is teaching skills to single mothers while paying them a good wage and giving them ample personal time off.

If you’re looking for a gift that has a powerful message behind it, this is it. You’re not just giving out a tie or a scarf, you’re helping refugees and single mothers earn a living by making outstanding products in the United States.

Contact us if you’re interested in learning more about Knotty Tie products 

Eclaire Illuminated Stylus Pen

What it is:

The Eclaire Illuminated Stylus Pen features a laser-engraved imprint that lights up whenever the stylus is pressed. The pen also features a deeply textured rubber grip and an ergonomic design to ensure comfort when in use. 

Key Feature:

Light-up logo.

Why we love it:

There are tons of ways to have a brand imprinted on a pen, but this laser-engraved light is one of the coolest we’ve seen. The laser-engraved light wouldn’t mean much if the pen wasn’t comfortable and didn’t write well, but this pen does those both exceptionally. 

See the Eclaire Illuminated Stylus Pen on our website

New Era Tri-Blend Fleece Pullover with Cowl Neck

What it is:

The New Era Tri-Blend Fleece Pullover features a trendy cowl neck while also combining style, comfort, and warmth. This cotton/polyester/rayon tri-blend includes longer length cover-stitched seams, 3-panel hood, and a heat transfer label for tag-free comfort.

Key Feature:

Cowl neck.

Why we love it:

New Era recently unveiled its line of promotional apparel and we’re big fans. The cowl neck collar on hoodies is a new style that we haven’t seen before and adds a bit of flair to an already fashionable hoodie. This comfortable hoodie is the perfect “the office is just a bit too cold in winter” apparel option.

See the New Era Tri-Blend Fleece Pullover on our website

Interested in one or more of these products for your 2018 branding plan? Contact your account manager, send us an email, give us a call at 414-831-0184, or fill out our contact form today!

Creative Imprints Make a Statement

Are you looking for ways to make your logo standout on a coffee mug, water bottle, or glass? Check out these creative imprints to make a statement!

UCLA crest imprint on glass

Sample of a Mirror Imprint

Mirror Imprint

The interior portion of a glass or clear piece can be looked at through a reverse view, as shown in the UCLA glass above. We take the logo and provide a reflective image. Both logos are on one side of the piece, so you aren’t having to cancel out logos in two different locations. The UCLA blue logo is viewed across the opposite side of the glass in the left most part of the image.

Tone on Tone Wrap Print with LinkedIn Logo

Tone on Tone Wrap Print with LinkedIn Logo

Matte / Glossy Tone on Tone Wrap Print Example

Matte / Glossy Tone on Tone Wrap Print Example

Tone on Tone Wrap Print

The wrap goes around the piece almost completely with a retail branding of a glossy finish on a matte piece. There will be a small gap, instead of it being a full 360 degree wrap. The gap allows you to place your logo vertically. In this form of design you can take an emblem/crest/part of the logo for the wrap as you can see in the LinkedIn sample. If there is something unique to the company, such as a tire tread, an arch, or just wording of what a company offers, it can be wrapped around the bottle for emphasis, as in the Yokohoma picture.

Glitz Print Decoration Method

Glitz Print Decoration Method

Glitz Print

This decoration allows a shiny contrast in a two color design or highlights a logo beautifully. If you want to add a sheen to a logo for vibrancy, then glitz print will be the perfect choice. The sample above has a beautiful, glittery effect!

One of our Projects

One design client of ours loves the matte black finish on their coffee mugs. Here’s an image of one mug that we recently created:

Tone on tone glossy imprint on matte black

Tone on tone glossy imprint on matte black

They sell these mugs on their online store with a choice of the tone on tone imprint or white & red imprint on matte black. Now if that doesn’t make a statement, then I don’t know what does! What is your favorite imprint method?

For More Information

There are multiple water bottles, travel mugs, ceramic mugs in a variety of finish types.  A few that we like include:

Need a specific idea? Just let us know what you’re looking for, and we’ll present options for you to review.

Related Links

Promotional Version of the S’well Bottle

New Promo Products of 2015 Photo Highlights, including Drinkware

Case Study: Western Racquet Club

 

 

Promotional Version of S’well Bottle

12 oz. Force bottle

12 oz. version in a matte gray color

The promotional product industry continues to move closer to the latest trends. One hot (or cold…) new retail water bottle is S’well. These are high end, fashionable bottles that keep liquids really hot or cold for an amazing period of time. To see the variety of S’well bottles, check out their Lookbook. To learn more about S’well and their recent rise, which included a feature in Oprah Magazine and shelf space at Nordstrom, see the article from Bizwomen:

5 defining moments in the evolution of S’well

At Magellan Promotions we now can offer a similar style of bottle that keeps liquid hot/cold for a long period. The plus is you receive the retail look and features at a lower cost.  The products becomes your own once your company or organization’s logo is imprinted. These are an outstanding item to give to staff, prospects and clients to help make a lasting impression. Referred to as Force Copper Vacuum Insulated Thermal Bottles, they come in a number sizes, staring at 12 ounces and going all the way up to 34 ounces.

To see options, pricing and more, go to the link below!

Showroom for Force Insulated Bottles

Looking for more re-usable drinkware ideas?  View our New Promo Products of 2015 Photo Highlights, which includes drinkware trends, or contact us for additional information.

 

2014 Magellan Product Showcase

We recently held our seventh annual Magellan Product Showcase on Tuesday, April 8th at The Hamilton, located on Milwaukee’s east side.  A wonderful group of our customers had a chance to interact with the Magellan Promotions team and six industry leading suppliers to learn about the latest trends and new promotional products for 2014.  We shared ideas to help support promotional marketing projects over a fun and relaxing lunch time event.

For more pictures, visit our photo album on Facebook.

From event counters, table throws, and small giveaways, to mason-jar inspired drinkware, tablet holders, and wireless speakers, we featured THOUSANDS of products at this event! Technology items: holders, chargers, USB drives, laptop sleeves and other electronics continue to generate a lot of interest, similar to last year.  Customers also enjoyed checking out options for tote bags, apparel, water bottles, mugs, pens, and natural products.

 

Each attendee received the following free samples:

  • Gemline Muse Convention Tote
  • The Player Cup
  • Ambassador Journal
  • Aqua Pearls Hot / Cold Pack
  • Stylus Pen
Goodie Bag - samples handed out at the 2014 Magellan Product Showcase

Goodie Bag – samples handed out at the 2014 Magellan Product Showcase

Most Popular Products 

The results are in! Our clients voted on their favorite products featured at the Showcase and the top five products were:

1. Bullet Vibration Speaker – Simply place mobile phone on the flat surface and listen as the sound from the internal speaker is amplified. Easy to use. No wireless settings or cables needed.

Best in Showcase Product - Bullet Vibration Speaker

Best in Showcase Product – Bullet Vibration Speaker

2. Aqua Pearls Hot / Cold Pack – Reusable pack is both microwave and freezer safe.  Available in six fun colors.

aqua pearls hot_cold_pearls

3. North End jacket / shirts – modern apparel available in men’s and women’s sizes

4. Isaac Mizrahi Tote / Gemline Tote Bags – trend conscious bags

5. Hat with integrated LED Lights – ideal for runners, the LED lights on the brim enhance visibility.

LED lights in hat brim, Isaac Mizrahi tote, North End Jacket

More Favorite Items: Hat with LED lights, Issac Mizrahi Tote Bag, North End Jacket

It was fun learning about what promotional products really stood out for attendees.  Please contact us if you have any questions about these items or if you are interested in receiving a sample.

Thank you to everyone who attended the 2014 Magellan Product Showcase! We look forward to seeing you at next year’s event!

Falling for Four Fun, New Products

We recently attended a show that highlighted the latest promotional products. We especially fell for four new products that really seem to be on-trend.

Mason Bottle

Maybe we can blame it on Pinterest because we are seeing Mason jars almost everywhere.  The first promotional item is a fun, mason jar-like BPA-free, beverage container that comes in nine different colors.  It is made of acrylic, so it is more affordable and durable than a glass mason jar.

mason bottle

25 oz. Mason Jar Bottle

Re-usable Red Solo Cup

Whenever anyone sees this product for the first time, they can’t help but pick it up and say, “Wow, that’s fun!” The all new CUP is inspired by the Red Solo Cup (and I am hearing Toby Keith’s song in my head), arguably one of the most popular cups of all time.  This cup is much more durable and greener than the disposable solo cups with a double-walled, insulated construction. It is re-usable and ideal for tailgating, picnics, or alumni celebrations! Available in nine different colors, The Cup is BPA free, USA made, and holds 16 oz. of your preferred drink.  An optional white lid is also available.

re-usable red solo cup

16 oz. The Cup – available in nine colors

Felt-tip Stylus Pen

We’ve seen other stylus pens with rubber tips, but we really like this one because it has a new and different felt-tip stylus. It is extremely easy to use, smoothly sliding across the surface of mobile devices. With the upscale look and great performance, we think this is one technology product that will be a big hit.

felt tip stylus pen

Fiber-tip Stylus Pen

Aqua Pearls Hot / Cold Pack

This is an aqua gel bead therapy pack that is both microwave- and freezer-safe for a hot or cold pack. This is a useful health and wellness item in fun new colors at an affordable price point. It would be ideal for promoting recreational sports, intramural sports, or even stress relief during finals week.

hot / cold pack

Aqua Pearls Hot / Cold Pack  7.5″ x 4.5″

What do you think of these new products? Do you have a favorite?  Contact us for more information.

Five Ways to be Green at Work

At Magellan Promotions, we strongly believe in being stewards of the environment.  The responsibility of caring for our planet can easily be transferred to our own office environment.

In honor of Earth Day, we wanted to share a few ways to be eco-friendly at work.

1. Monitor and buy energy efficient equipment – The electricity that powers our office is from 100% renewable energy!  We also use compact fluorescent lights.

2. Bring your own cup – Bringing your own cup, coffee mug, or water bottle with you daily can have a BIG environmental impact when you consider how many paper, plastic, and Styrofoam cups or bottles are tossed every day! Billions of drink containers are disposed annually MINUS THIS ONE! Be part of the solution.We designed this logo to help promote bringing your own beverage container.  Many of our clients have placed their brand on one side of the mug and our custom-designed minus one logo on the opposite side. This is powerful promotion – especially when you consider how frequently you use your favorite mug.

Two environmentally friendly drinkware products that we love are the Eco-Pint glass – made from bamboo fiber and the Coffee Cup Insulator for days when you somehow forget your travel mug! At a recent trip to the coffee shop, I was even asked if I needed a java jacket. I did at the time, though it would be very convenient to simply leave your own coffee cup insulator in your car or work bag.

3. Think before printing and RECYCLE!  – I have often seen “Think before you print this page” in email signatures, and it really does make me pause to consider if I really need a hard copy.  In many cases, the answer is NO.  You can also use printed paper that is no longer needed as scrap paper.  When its use is completely exhausted, be sure to dispose of it in the proper recycling containers.

4. Reduce your carbon footprint – consider carpooling, using public transportation, riding a bike or walking to work.  Our office is conveniently located to give our employees several “green” commuting options.

5. Buy Eco-friendly – MANY products available are now produced using environmentally friendly processes.  This trend has also reached the promotional products industry with more and more products being made with eco-friendly materials including recycled, biodegradable, bamboo or organic material.  Check out almost 200 eco-friendly products including eco-friendly pens on our online catalog.  Buying eco-friendly promotional products can help align your marketing efforts with your brand and corporate identity.  With customers becoming more eco-conscious, this may be a trend to consider following for your upcoming efforts.

How often do you bring your own beverage container?  How are you being green at work or home on Earth Day this year?